The $17K Baccalaureate

Finding ways to lower the cost of education for Virginia community college students is an urgent goal of the VCCS, including the challenge of offering a “$20, 0000 bachelor’s” to Virginia students. A new partnership between the VCCS and Western Governors University accomplishes this, for $3000 less.  This new agreement offers community college students a faster pathway to a Nursing degree at a total cost of $17,000. This is from yesterday’s announcement from Governor Bob McDonnell:
Governor Bob McDonnell today announced a new statewide guaranteed admission agreement between Virginia’s Community Colleges (VCCS) and Western Governors University (WGU) that creates a faster and more affordable pathway to a baccalaureate degree for nursing students beginning this academic year. Students who take advantage of the guaranteed admission agreement, which is unprecedented in Virginia, could earn a bachelor’s degree in three years at an estimated total cost of $17,000 in tuition and fees.“This agreement is exciting for Virginia students and families,” said Governor McDonnell. “I would like to commend these two bold and innovative organizations for coming together to help make a college education more affordable and accessible for Virginia families. In this particular case, it is creating an outstanding opportunity for students to prepare themselves for good-paying nursing careers – a career field that is often in demand in every region of the state.”
The guaranteed admission agreement requires students to first earn their associate’s degree in nursing from one of Virginia’s 23 community colleges as well as their license to practice as a Registered Nurse (RN). The students must also be working as a registered nurse to be accepted into WGU. Those students would then complete nine additional courses, for a total of 26 credit hours, through WGU on-line classes to earn their bachelor’s degree in nursing.


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